Red Imported Fire Ants Can Decrease Songbird Nest Survival

  title={Red Imported Fire Ants Can Decrease Songbird Nest Survival},
  author={Andrew J. Campomizzi and Michael L. Morrison and Shannon L. Farrell and R. Neal Wilkins and Bastian M. Drees and Jane M. Packard},
Abstract. Invasive species are often implicated in population declines of native species because of predation. The red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) has been documented to prey on songbird nests. We conducted a replicated manipulative experiment to determine the decrease in nest survival caused by S. invicta. In 2006 and 2007 we monitored 71 nests, 44 of the White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) and 27 of the Black-capped Vireo (V. atricapilla), in nine patches of 36–103 ha each in… 

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